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New commission to enforce personal data protection

Published on Dec 20, 2012 3:02 PM
 
A person holding a mobile phone displaying an unsolicited text message. The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) will set up a Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) and a Data Protection Advisory Committee on Jan 2 next year to administer, and advise on the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) which will come into effect on the same day. -- PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) will set up a Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) and a Data Protection Advisory Committee on Jan 2 next year to administer, and advise on the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) which will come into effect on the same day.

The six-member commission will be helmed by Mr Leong Keng Thai, deputy CEO and director-general (telecoms and post) for the Infocomm Development Authority and include officers from the government agency.

It will undertake education and outreach programmes to help organisations and the public understand the law.

The eight-member advisory committee is chaired by Ms Liew Woon Yin, former director-general of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and now director of management consultancy Abundanti.

 
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